TAMPA, Fla. - How about getting around downtown Tampa in a Tesla, driven by a professional driver and for just a few bucks?
You’ll be able to do that later this year through a new transportation option called DASH.
DASH stands for Downtown Area Shared Hubs and will be run by the Tampa Downtown Partnership, which is a private nonprofit made up of companies and organizations to better Tampa’s downtown.
Riders will use an app to call a DASH ride between more than 20 hub locations in Tampa’s downtown neighborhoods.
Tampa Downtown Partnership interim President Shaun Drinkard said drivers will be also be trained guides for the city.
“The driver is also an ambassador of downtown,” Drinkard said. “So they have knowledge and information about everything happening. They’ll be passionate individuals that are excited to be here and can educate riders about things in the city.”
Drinkard said the goal is to help make those quick rides around Tampa easier and cheaper than other ride share services, like Uber.
“It’s for the short runs,” Drinkard said. “If you parked your car at an event downtown and want to get to your favorite restaurant on the other side of downtown. Maybe it’s raining or a little too hot. This is a great way to move people within downtown.”
The cars will be Model Y Teslas, which will be painted yellow to stand out, and for security reasons. The Model Y is zero emission and all-electric, making this a green mobility option.
Locations, pricing and hours will be announced in the coming weeks. The service is expected to launch in October.
Anyone interested in a job driving one of the DASH cars is encouraged to visit tampasdowntown.com.